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Spirit of India

Ravi Shankar

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Customer Reviews

Been listening to this one with awe for five years

This is my favourite Ravi Shankar album. The part of Ravi's playing I most enjoy are his deep, moaning glissandos in the bass register, and his Bairagi Todi has about ten minutes of that in the alap - tremendous! Perfect night music, perfect "deep" music. Gaud Sarang has a heavenly alap but seems to go off into "generic Ravi Shankar raga" halfway through, losing the essence of Gaud Sarang. Mishra Gara, though short, has a few passages that move the soul to tears. If you put together all of the perfect, soul-shattering, tearjerking melody on this disk, it would amount to about ten minutes, in my opinion. And, in my opinion, putting ten minutes of perfect melody onto a disk is more than almost anybody can manage. Way to go, Ravi. Thank you, thank you! - By Anton Dolinsky (Henderson, NV)

this is great

this is the best ive ever heard.this made me feel relaxed

I'm in love!!

This music is simply amazing. This is exactly what one needs to calm down the turbulent mind, especially the 'Bairagi Todi' raga. I found other two ragas more romantic and easy-flowing, an excellent choice for background music while running errands or having dinner with family and friends. Also, this is the kind of music I would love to listen when I am alone. Highly rated!


Born: April 7, 1920 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Genre: World

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Rabindra Shankar Chowdery, aka Ravi Shankar, was born on April 7, 1920, in Varanasi, India, into a well-off orthodox Brahmin family. His father, ShyÆm Shankar, was employed as a diwan (minister) by the Maharajah of Jhalawar. By the age of 13, Ravi Shankar was going along on every tour of his brother Uday Shankar's Compaigne de Danse et Musique Hindou (Company of Hindu Dance and Music). At the All-Bengali Music Conference in December 1934, he met the multi-instrumentalist Allauddin Khan. Precisely...
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